Fedor Bondarchuk: 'Stalingrad' (Book)
Fedor Bondarchuk’s 2013 blockbuster film Stalingrad shattered box-office records and dazzled viewers with its use of special effects, enhanced by its 3D IMAX format, and transported audiences back to 1942. Examines the production, context and reception of the film, whilst offering a detailed reading of its key themes. 25 b/w film stills, 1 cartoon.
KinoSputniks closely analyse some key films from the history of Russian and Soviet cinema. Written by international experts in the field, they are intended for film enthusiasts and students, combining scholarship with an accessible style of writing.
This KinoSputnik about Fedor Bondarchuk's megahit Stalingrad (2013) examines the production, context and reception of the film, whilst offering a detailed reading of its key themes.
Fedor Bondarchuk’s 2013 blockbuster film Stalingrad shattered box-office records and dazzled viewers with its use of special effects, enhanced by its 3D IMAX format. The film transported viewers back to 1942 and the bloody battle that would turn the tide of the Second World War.
This new study situates the film within the context of ongoing debates about the meanings of the Second World War in Russia and previous films about the Battle of Stalingrad.
Primary readership will be among film studies students and film enthusiasts, but will also be of interest to anyone researching or studying the Battle of Stalingrad and the course of the Second World War.
A list of all books in the series is here on the Intellect website on the series page KinoSputnik
Stephen M. Norris is the Walter E. Havighurst Professor of Russian History at Miami University in Ohio and director of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.
List of Illustrations vii
Note on Transliteration xi
Production Information xiii
Plot Summary xv
1. Production History and Historical Context: Stalingrad as Memory Battleground 1
2. Cinematic Context: Battle of Stalingrad (1949), They Fought for the Motherland (1975) and Stalingrad (1989) 29
3. Film Analysis: Stalingrad Onscreen 67
4. Reacting to Stalingrad 121